Back into league action after another weekend off Littlehampton travelled to comfortable league leaders Pulborough 2’s for an early kick off to help Pulborough accommodate a crucial game for their 1st team. After the short journey u over the downs the travellers arrived to bright sunny conditions but a stiff cold wind blew across the hard,dry, flat pitch.
Arriving with only 14 players due to some late withdrawals Littlehampton knew they would be in for a tough afternoon against the well drilled top team.
Pulborough, who give Littlehampton a player to even the sides up kick off but look nervous, allowing the visitors to settle into some solid work taking the game to their highflying hosts. This will be the pattern for the opening 20 minutes piling constant pressure on the shocked unsettled home team …. pressure that continues to build until an interception allows Pulborough to use there pace out wide and open the scoring at the half way point of the half … that lead is doubled shortly after the restart after some good handling work … 10-0
Littlehampton’s tough day was about to get even tougher when Kenny Mathews is forced to leave the field with a thigh injury, but the remaining 14 players stick to the task in hand and continue to hold a determined Pulborough team at bay for a further 10 minutes until they manage to make the most of the extra man and break through for a 3rd try which this time is converted opening up a 17-0 lead despite never being in the ascendancy atall.
Littlehampton remain completely focused with heads staying up and determined to continue pushing for something to show for the strong efforts of the first half …. and then on the stroke of Halftime, after a solid drive and successive penalties are rewarded when the Pack push close to and over the try line. as the pile of bodies clears it is Chris Strange who appears from the bottom having scored his second of the season.
2ND HALF …
Having finished the first half on a high and starting the second half on equal numbers after Pulborough lose a player to late yellow card for dissent, Littlehampton look to capitalise and go into full attack … but, another interception soon has the visitors on the back foot but some quick thinking and solid tackling soon has things calmed down.
As with the first half it isn’t until after the halfway mark of the half that Pulborough settle properly and start to make the extra man count in their favour and add a 4th try after some excellent handling umongst the backs. 22-5
Once again Littlehampton don’t allow things to get to them and continue to push for more points of their own forcing Pulborough to defend again which they manage to turn in their favour after a speculative kick through and chase leads to the final score of the match.
The result leaves Littlehampton 5th in the table with 2 games in hand on those around them and 4 games still to play.
Next week Home to Horsham 3 , 3m ko.
CLARKE, FOXON, BODDINGTON, KEIRLE, STRANGE, MATHEWS, ATKINSON, RITCHIE, GRADY, ELLIOTT, BULL, ROSE, HOARE, WOODS
The club will be holding a Charity Horse Racing afternoon on Saturday April 4th from 3pm with all money raised going the QA Neonatal Unit Portsmouth. Everyone welcome to join in for this fantastic cause . Come along and have a flutter on the races , or become a horse owner for a race or even Sponsor a Race .